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Are you A Clothes Hoarder?

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I'm not really a hoarder, but I do have trouble getting rid of my clothes. I went through a box in the garage that had my sumer blouses. Darn! Now I find them. I'm going through boxes for our yard sale next weekend.
I decided what I need to do is try to keep so many of my fat clothes, medium clothes and skinny clothes for summer and winter and put the rest in our yard sale. But, what do I keep? I want to keep everything even though I haven't worn them in eons.

I'd have a lot more room in my closets if I could narrow it down.

Do you have a problem getting rid of clothes, maybe you are sentimental to some or just like themand don't want to part, just in case you may wear them one day.

I know the old 'if you haven't worn it in a year get rid of it' Hard for me to do that. I don't have money to rebuy clothes.

How do you do it? How do you decide what to keep?

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ROCKYCPA 12/12/2011 1:23PM

    I am a hoarder - can't get rid of them! Even have friends who would be interested in purchasing some of them. Will have to bite the bullet and get rid of them now!!!

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ANYA_ONION 12/6/2011 7:22AM

    I'm not good at *purging* when it comes to my clothes. Clothes are expensive to replace, especially if you do it all at once, so I try to do it a little at a time. I have gotten rid of all my bigger sizes and have some smaller sizes to look forward to.

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-COURT- 12/5/2011 1:19PM

    Wow! Thanks for all the neat ideas and so glad to see that there are some clothes hoarders out there besides me. Maybe we can all get some ideas from the others who have solved their clothes hoarding problems.

Love reading all your posts.

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BLESSEDGMP 12/5/2011 12:22AM

    I take my better clothes that are now to big to a consignment store. That way I get money for them and turn around and buy the next smaller size at the same store. There are some around that cater to those of us who are larger women LOL. I give some away but the really nice stuff I take to the consignment store. I have made some money from it that can go towards the new sizes that are coming God willing!


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LILLI56 12/4/2011 9:52PM

    My goal is when I get something new to get rid of something in my closet. I also at the beginning of the season turn my hangers backward on the clothes rod. When I wear an item I put turn it round correctly. That way, I know what I have worn and it doesn't get into the throw it away, give away etc.

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ANYVAR54 12/4/2011 9:41PM

    If your clothes need to be hemmed, can you find a friend or a relative who can teach you how to do that? That would make your clothes less expensive. I also buy a lot of my clothes at thrift stores, and I have some really nice things that I have found, so I don't mind regiving it to charity. Every now and then, usually seasonally, I go through my clothes, but only recently did I have to give away clothes because they had gotten too big.

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KPACE7 12/4/2011 7:50PM

    I am frugal, so it is hard for me to get rid of clothes. My pet peeve is pants that are too large. Some people mentioned that they didn't realize I was losing weight because my clothes always fit.

I am spending several days during Christmas shopping for clothes. I have to get the old stuff out of my closet to make room. I have sent my husband to a charity with so many bags of clothes, they now have him volunteering once a week.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/4/2011 7:21PM

    I got rid of all of my clothes that did not fit about a year ago. I was feeling doomed and desperate and thought I would never lose weight. Now I am down two sizes--almost three--and wish I had kept some of those clothes.

Sort of.

I also like to have much more space in my closets. I like trying to get by with fewer clothes. I am also glad that I donated my clothes to a place that gives them away to those who need them. They were mostly little worn.

All in all, I would not change a thing!

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-COURT- 12/4/2011 7:12PM

    I'm hard to fit as I'm 4'8" but can't wear kids clothes. Everything needs hemmed and that is getting costly at our local alterations.

I did finally let go of some really small summer blouses, spaghetti strapped. Can't believe they once fit. My denim skorts (skirt with built in shorts) look a little too young for me so I guess I'll try to let them go too.

That is the thing too, wear clothes for my age.

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JCBURROW 12/4/2011 6:40PM

    I hear you Courti. Even when I have clothes twice my size, I still find myself pinning & using belts. I've tried looking for new clothes but having a difficult time finding skirts & dresses that I like.
Fortunately,I am often blessed by others thinning out their closets. I am also finally getting around to donating clothes not worn by myself & the rest of my family. It keeps them out of the landfill and can be used by someone elsewhere.

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NEWNAC304 12/4/2011 6:15PM

    I get rid of them as soon as they are too big because I don't want to go back to that size.

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AMARILYNH 12/4/2011 4:35PM

    I'm Marilyn and I am a RECOVERING clothes hoarder! Because of Sparkpeople and the SparkFriends I have made here, I have given away ALL clothes that are too big. Why because of SP? Because THIS TIME I WILL NOT regain the weight (and therefore need those bigger clothes.) I'm also frugal so now I CAN'T regain the weight - I've given away some really nice clothes and the thought of 're-buying' them is just unacceptable.

My thought is to go through the 'can't fit yet' clothes really carefully, keeping only the ones you TOTALLY love! Give the rest away to a new home. Because when you get to your goal weight you will DESERVE only clothes you love.

Actually I am needing to go back through my clothes because after a buying spree before we went on vacation last month (its so much fun to shop when clothes all FIT!) my closet is too full. So I have to choose which clothes I love the least and 'bless and release' them to new homes. One walk in size closet full of clothes is enough for anyone, and mine is so full it makes it hard to find what I'm looking for. So thinning them out is on my 'to do' list.

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JULIAINLA 12/4/2011 3:44PM

    I am a total, complete clothes (and shoes) horder! I have to force myself to pick clothes out of the closet to get rid of and I always have excuses why I dont want to get rid of each item like, 'I plan to wear that (some day)' and 'I paid a lot for that!' But I find that if I give it away, it is easier..I gave a bag of pretty nice sruff to a struggling co-worker who loves to dress up. She took more than half..so I felt good to give it to someone who needs extra clothes. Also to give to charity. Thanks for the reminder..I need to get rid of more clothes! I have newer items hanging on the out side of the closet doors since there's no more room in the closets.- I only seem to wear the newer stuff anyway. :)
ps I find it helps to get rid of anything that looks old and that you just dont wear! Keep what you will wear.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/4/2011 3:14PM

    I have the opposite problem. i like to get rid of all, but the bare minimum because I hate having a lot of extra stuff around the house. I usually get rid of clothes first that I don't REALLY like, and I seem to be able to get rid of enough by just that.
Good luck!

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BLC-18 Registration for Newbies

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Any newbies interested in signing up for the Biggest Loser Challenge team
here is the link:


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MAGGIEVAN 12/12/2011 9:11PM

    I thought I did regsiter for the BLC team. Could you please check for me and enrol me... PLEASE!!!!

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-COURT- 11/30/2011 10:19PM

    Welcome and I hope you have fun.

Seven, are ou still on the team or resigning up? It is so nice to share the same teams. Which team are you on next round?

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-SEVEN- 11/30/2011 10:11PM

    Thanks Courti!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/30/2011 6:49PM

    I'm a newbie who has just signed up! I'm eager!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Is there really such a word as 'semi-ambidextrous'? I didn't find it in my dictionary, but I think that is what I am and plenty of other people. To be Ambidextrous is to be able to use BOTH hands EQUALLY well.

Semi-dexterous would be being able to do some things with each hand, not necessarily equally well.

I'm basically a righty, but I can do some things with both hands, paint, eat, write (even though I'm better at writing faster with my right).

Or could the word be 'semi-dextrous'?

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AZHURE_SUNSOAR 11/27/2011 2:35PM

    I use the term Ambidextrous to apply to just which hand people write with. as I'm a left handed writer and almost everything in the WORLD is designed for right handed people I've had to adapt most of my stuff. but which hand your right with doesnt matter. pens and pencils are specified to one side like scissors...(a jeez how I HATE scissors:P)

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VINOTEA 11/26/2011 1:40AM

    I'd say I'm mostly a rightie, but there are some things that I am left handed on, like shooting a bow or gun. I think that's partly due to my eye-sight though, since my left eye has way better sight than my right. My hand writing is kind of funny with my left hand. I write backwards and reversed so that you could read it properly if held up to a mirror.

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LYANNA75 11/25/2011 11:27PM

    I'm the same way. I always just say I'm ambidextrous though. :) I COULD write with my left hand if I wanted, but it's a little sloppier so I choose not to. And I COULD play whiffle ball right handed if I wanted, but it just feels weird since I've always done it left handed. Lol. One good thing about being this way is that I can choose which hand to eat with when I'm out with friends, so I'm not constantly hitting the person next to me with my elbow or something. ;)

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EUPHRATES 11/25/2011 10:24AM

    My son is the same (though backwards, he's primarily a leftie). :)

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Update on my SIL Jill

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jill went to her doctor yesterday and was told that she will have to have chemo the rest of her life, or as long as it is still working.

She tires a lot and her bones hurt.

Next Wednesday she will be tested to see if her cancer markers have lowered. We hope so.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers

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UCANTTAKETHESKY 11/22/2011 10:11AM

    You and your family are always in my prayers, Courti. Hang in there. emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 11/21/2011 11:18PM

    Oh Courti I am so sorry. But like Annie says do not give up just by what the Dr's say. Try other things and keep the faith. We will continue to pray for it is only God who knows how this will all turn out. I agree she is trying to build herself back up but how can she when they keep destroying everything good she tries to do. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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SUETINGE 11/18/2011 5:51PM

    I'm praying things will be better for her.

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ANYA_ONION 11/18/2011 4:27PM

    I'm hoping and praying that she will have some improvement. emoticon

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-COURT- 11/18/2011 9:49AM

    She has a better doctor now. Her other doctor used to just talk about how long she had. This one does give what hope there is. She's a woman doctor. Her first doctor was a man and guess what, he is a cancer survivor and now going through another bout of cancer himself.

This is Jill's second time around too. She did get second opinion but wasn't much different. WE just hope when they do whatever it is next Wed, that the cancer markers will be lower.

Thanks for caring.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 11/18/2011 9:09AM

    Oh, Courti, what a nightmare!! Has she checked into alternatives? Of course she's too overwhelmed to 'do' most of that research herself, but this 'death sentence' that quack gave her is out of the question & I'll give you 1 good reason. Every time these people NUKE her, they BLAST every single Super Hero (best herbs, foods, vitamins, etc) she tries to take to build herself back up & regain her pH balance. Just when her 'new born baby' strength shows any signs of recovery, they 'kill' 'em off. If she can restore all her Super Heroes, they will destroy anything 'mutant' in her. My thoughts are with her, my friend.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

I hadnít come in contact with much of that disorder until I realized that my mil little quarks were under the topic of OCD. Now my husband thinks the little things I do are alsoÖ.OCD. I consider them ways of organization.

Donít get me wrong, Iím a messy housekeeper, but Iím fussy about how my towels are folded to put on the shelves (because they fit better folded that way); the way I have to have my glasses in size on the shelves, from tallest to smallest (it makes it easier so whatever size you want you know where which side of the cupboard to open). Refrigerator has 4 shelves and one shelf is for drinks, no drinks should be on any other shelf (so we know what drinks we have and when we are out of them) Food on other shelves, no drinks allowed. Bread has itís own shelf (for same reason as drinks)
Salad dressing on one shelf (so we know what we have to reorder any we are out of any).
Napkins go in holder one way, the fold on top (so when you take one out, it isnít unfolding)

My blouses in one closet have to go on a hanger in a certain way, but in the other closet they go on the opposite way (so I can see the front of the shirt), no designs on walls (so I can see any spiders if any on the wall), covers on bed must not touch floor (so spiders canít climb aboard).

My husband makes fun of me because at the store Iím always putting something back on the shelf that fell off or organizing something because it is in the wrong place. (that way things are with the things it goes with) I am that way at home too, case in point, drinks with drinks and bread with bread. I used to keep the small forks together and dinner forks together but he never kept it that way so now they are mixed.

Empty hangings go at the end of rack not in between clothes (drives me crazy, so that way you have all your empty hangers hanging together whenever you need one) I sometimes take empty hangers at the thrift store and hang them at the end of the rack.

Husband grabs his sweater and carries it any old way. I tell him to take it by the tag on the collar and fold it over. (sleeves won't hang on ground)

Prior dayís newspaper must be put back in order and put in newspaper stand Sun in the back and Sat in front. When week is done, they go out to the recycle bin (so if you are looking for a certain newspaper, it is there in order and all together).

For those who have OCD, I don't think there is a team for this.

IĎm sure thereĎs other things IĎm not remembering.

So you see, everything has a meaning so I donít have OCDÖ..or do I?

If I think of anything else, I'll add.

My husband and I do have one bad habit in common, we can't get rid of things. We aren't hoarders though. We both have two closets we share full of clothes...okay I have some in another closet as well. I can't get rid of my fat clothes, skinny clothes or in between. I always need then at some time or other. Video tapes of shows I've taped are taking over the den. I have two cabinets full as well.

I just find it hard to get rid of things. We have had yard sales and got rid of stuff (so I'm not a horrdor), but I have so much that I've never used, when I get rid of something, I end up needing it down the road.
I have a hard time getting rid of purses and shoes, I did get rid of some then found out a place that can widen shoes, I still have more than needed.

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-COURT- 11/20/2011 9:34PM

    Your right Claudia, someone asks for a screwdriver and I know where it is.

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BUFFALOGAL1952 11/20/2011 9:29PM

    forgive me but I laughed my a@@ off when I read this. It is like you have been spying on me for like...well forever!!!!! This isn't a horrible thing...at least not from my way of thinking. Let me ask you, who does everyone go to when they can't find something. Let me guess...is it you? of COURSE it is! Although my DH says it is because women have a uterine homing device I know it is because I put things back where they belong when I am done with them and live by the rule that there is a place for everything and everything in its place.
So you just go ahead wit yer bad self and ROCK ON!

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JULIENMM 11/18/2011 12:59PM

    It sounds to me like OCD (but what do I know?). It's one thing to have a method for things (like putting empty hangers at the end of the rack) but it becomes OCD when you insist that it is always done that way, and if you spend extra effort to put things in that order. I think most people would think, hey, that's a good idea to put the empty hangers at the end, because then if you need one, you know where to look. But most people, if they see a hanger somewhere else, might move it, or might wait til later to move it, like when there are multiple hangers in the wrong place. I guess what I'm trying to say is that when things MUST be that way, it's OCD. When you can live with them being a different way, that's not OCD.

Just my opinion, anyway. I guess if it doesn't bother you OR the other people in your household, then who cares?

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-SEVEN- 11/18/2011 10:55AM

    I think your reasons for doing things a certain way all make sense. I agree it is good organization, not OCD. The way I see it, for example, if one washes their hands excessively and there is no reason behind it (just their neurosis of imagined germs), then that qualifies as true OCD to me. Just thinking your hands are dirty all the time without doing anything to make them dirty seems a little odd. But then again I would say OCD is in the eye of the beholder- what I may think as OCD, another may believe it's not!

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-COURT- 11/17/2011 3:45PM

    I just wasn't sure if it was OCD, but maybe I do have it. Always live in denial. hahaha

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KRISTA-GIRL 11/17/2011 2:52PM

    I wouldn't worry too much :-) OCD is rampant in my family, including yours truly, and what you describe is livable. It's when it keeps you awake at night and you can't breathe when you can't have things a certain way that may lead to medication. Life's pretty hard when I'm not medicated! Everything you mentioned sounds completely logical to me. emoticon

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CHUMLEY54 11/17/2011 11:51AM

    We all have OCD issues.

My desk is a mess, but my computer folders are very organized. I weigh myself 2X a day, yet don't believe the scale half the time.

I think the best you can do, is use your OCD as much as you can as a useful tool.

Embrace your OCD!!

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JDUBLANKO 11/17/2011 11:50AM

    Well...not sure on the OCD...but I must also say..."Does it matter?" I think everyone has a little OCD in them...it's only a problem if it becomes a problem...right? I think a lot of it is just habit...and that's a good thing...

The not being able to get rid of stuff could become a problem though...

Funny because I'm the opposite...I'm constantly donating...if it hasn't been worn or used in a couple months...I get rid of it...mind you I have 4 kids and if I kept things I probably wouldn't be seeing my floor... emoticon

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-COURT- 11/17/2011 11:20AM

    Yeah, I have certain places for things in my dishwasher too, forgot about that. It just fits better my way. :}

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EUPHRATES 11/17/2011 11:10AM

    'Yote's OCD and mine appear to compliment each other (for instance, I've adopted the hanger thing - he does the same thing of putting empty ones at the end, which he learned from his mom and I think it's smart so now we both do it, and he's adopted my dishwasher rules of what gets loaded where that I learned from MY mom). :) He says it's "My mother's neurosis rubbed off" LOL I think it only qualifies as true OCD if you can't leave it the "wrong" way and have a panic attack over it when it's "wrong" whether it makes sense or not, but I'm not 100% on that. :)

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